Microsoft's new Remote Desktop apps achieve 1 million downloads

Microsoft launched new Remote Desktop apps for iOS, Android and Mac OS X platforms on October 17, which were made primarily to connect to PCs with Windows Server 2012 R2. This week, Brad Anderson, the corporate VP for Windows Server at Microsoft, announced that since that date, the new Remote Desktop apps have reached the one million download mark.

Anderson added in a post on In the Cloud blog, "Downloads have been steadily growing, and this is now the fastest growing Android app from Microsoft, ever. This kind of adoption is exciting; the Remote Desktop App brings the dynamic experience of Windows to devices around the world." The blog did not break down just how many downloads of the apps were made for each platform, but it sounds like the one for the Android OS is particularly popular.

As we have previously reported, Microsoft acquired certain assets of HLW Software just before the launches of these new Remote Desktop apps which helped Microsoft to offer these new programs to more users. The company has already released such an app for Windows 8 and stated recently that it will do the same for Windows Phone 8, although a specific release date was not announced.

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I downloaded it but it does not work even though I configured it correctly and am able to access remote computer through other RDP programs. POS in my opinion. I am one of those from million down loader and had it uninstalled next day.

The OSX version sucks - poor full screen support, bad keyboard mapping, no easy way to transfer lists of machines to another mac.

When your in, apart from the copy/paste keys not supported, it's not bad but feels half baked.

Microsoft's Anderson:

Downloads have been steadily growing, and this is now the fastest growing Android app from Microsoft, ever.

Microsoft a week and a half ago, explaining why there wasn't a Microsoft Remote Desktop client for Windows Phone:

Remote desktop on phones is a relatively rare usage scenario.

http://www.neowin.net/news/mic...for-windows-phone-is-coming

Either it's a really bad statement that this has turned out to be the fastest growing Microsoft app ever, or it's not all that rare of a usage scenario.

If there isn't a Microsoft Remote Desktop client on Windows Phone by the end of November, VPN or not, I'll be extremely disappointed.

Juni Walk said,
Android is not limited only to phone, you know? There are tablets too

Not limited to, but the majority of... Sure, a lot of those installs were tablets. Good point.

thomastmc said,
Microsoft's Anderson:


Microsoft a week and a half ago, explaining why there wasn't a Microsoft Remote Desktop client for Windows Phone:


Either it's a really bad statement that this has turned out to be the fastest growing Microsoft app ever, or it's not all that rare of a usage scenario.

If there isn't a Microsoft Remote Desktop client on Windows Phone by the end of November, VPN or not, I'll be extremely disappointed.


as others have said, iOS and android numbers are for tablets as well, MS never said that RDP wasn't used much on tablets. Also, windows 8/rt has an RDP app.

the only thing left is the phone RDP app, which they are making.

duddit2 said,

as others have said, iOS and android numbers are for tablets as well, MS never said that RDP wasn't used much on tablets. Also, windows 8/rt has an RDP app.

the only thing left is the phone RDP app, which they are making.

I conceded that their install base does include tablets, but since you're making an extra note of it...


Google's own stats indicate that all big phones, tablets and phablets put together are a tiny 10 percent fraction of active users.

http://appleinsider.com/articl...-10-androids-installed-base

thomastmc said,

I conceded that their install base does include tablets, but since you're making an extra note of it...


well since the number quoted in this article is 1 million downloads (split between android and ios) and the install base of android is 70 million +, i think its fair to think that the majority of the android downloads 'could' be from tablets.

lets not forget that percentages don't tell the full story, since android is by far the dominant platform out of the three, even a 'tiny' 10% is a very large number (7 million +). And this is from numbers i looked at a while ago.

duddit2 said,

well since the number quoted in this article is 1 million downloads (split between android and ios) and the install base of android is 70 million +, i think its fair to think that the majority of the android downloads 'could' be from tablets.

lets not forget that percentages don't tell the full story, since android is by far the dominant platform out of the three, even a 'tiny' 10% is a very large number (7 million +). And this is from numbers i looked at a while ago.

That is the total number, 1 million. Anderson said it was the fastest growing MS Android app ever.

So, out of the 4.9% on tablets (7-10 inches), and then out them the number of people that even have a use for RDP, and then out of them the number that actually chose to use the MS RDP app... Is what you're saying.

I think it's reasonable to assume that a large part of the Android installs were also on phones, as well as tablets, to make it the fastest growing MS Android app ever.

Because WP is exclusive to smartphones while Android and iOS is featured in tablets like WinRT/Win8 which has a remote desktop app. Nevertheless, MS already said a WP version is on the way.

nub said,
Wait. They made an Android version, but not a WP version?

this has been written about plenty, they bought assets from another company and released them after minor tweaking, the iOS and Androids apps were ready to go from the deal. The main reason is tablet use (the knock on effect being that android and iOS phones have the app, as its the same codebase and app store).

now they have also said they are working on a native RDP client for WP, to be released with 8.1. They also sais that use of RDP on a phone has been shown to be very niche, hence why they haven't yet made one.

please remember though, they did not 'make one' for iOS and android, they bought the tech from a company and released the apps after very minor tweaking.

duddit2 said,

this has been written about plenty, they bought assets from another company and released them after minor tweaking, the iOS and Androids apps were ready to go from the deal. The main reason is tablet use (the knock on effect being that android and iOS phones have the app, as its the same codebase and app store).

now they have also said they are working on a native RDP client for WP, to be released with 8.1. They also sais that use of RDP on a phone has been shown to be very niche, hence why they haven't yet made one.

please remember though, they did not 'make one' for iOS and android, they bought the tech from a company and released the apps after very minor tweaking.

Thank you for explaining it. I'll be copying your comment from now on every time someone says that Microsoft made the apps for other OSs and not their own WP.

MidTxWRX said,

Thank you for explaining it. I'll be copying your comment from now on every time someone says that Microsoft made the apps for other OSs and not their own WP.

At least they made their own OS...